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Comment: Nokia had to do something (Score 1) 447

by SpiffyMarc (#39433091) Attached to: Former Nokia Exec: Windows Phone Strategy Doomed
Defending existing marketshare or trying to reinvent, they chose the latter.

Nokia Lumias are getting great word of mouth in the tech community and the press, Microsoft has the money to make it happen on the developer side as well as the carrier side. Nobody thought Microsoft could build a credible game system, and they did it. With Nokia's superior hardware, they might have a shot.

If you haven't used a Nokia Lumia 800, I suggest you do so before you claim their use of Windows Phone is "criminal." It's a gorgeous phone and it's running a fantastic operating system. It might not be for you, but it's certainly not garbage. This is best of breed.
Censorship

+ - Burma Shuts Down Internet 3

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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "MIT Technology Review reports that in the aftermath of pro-democracy protests, Burma's military rulers have physically disconnected their country from the internet:

Last week — after images of the beatings of Buddhist monks and the killing of a Japanese photographer leaked out via the Internet — Burma's military rulers took the ultimate step, apparently physically disconnecting primary telecommunications cables in two major cities, in a drastic effort to stop the flow of information from Burma to the rest of the world. It didn't completely work: some bloggers apparently used satellite links or cellular phone services to get information outside the country.
One Burmese blogger reported last week that "Myanmar main ISP has been shut down by so-called "maintenance reasons" and most of the telecommunication services have been cut off or tapped. ""
Biotech

New Drug Helps to Dampen Bad Memories 255

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the reset-button dept.
wile_e_wonka writes to tell us Researchers at Harvard and the Montreal-based McGill University are working on a drug that would allow psychiatrists to dampen painful memories in their patients when combined with therapy. "They treated 19 accident or rape victims for ten days, during which the patients were asked to describe their memories of the traumatic event that had happened 10 years earlier. Some patients were given the drug, which is also used to treat amnesia, while others were given a placebo. A week later, they found that patients given the drug showed fewer signs of stress when recalling their trauma."
Google

Outcry Over Google's Purchase of Doubleclick 242

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the fear-of-change dept.
TheCybernator writes to mention that several activist groups have cried out in protest of the Google buyout of Doubleclick reported in recent news. "'Google's proposed acquisition of DoubleClick will give one company access to more information about the Internet activities of consumers than any other company in the world,' said the complaint lodged with the Federal Trade Commission. 'Moreover, Google will operate with virtually no legal obligation to ensure the privacy, security, and accuracy of the personal data that it collects.' The complaint was filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center along with the Center for Digital Democracy and the US Public Interest Research Group, all of which are involved in online privacy issues."

Breakdown Forces New Look At Mars Mission Sexuality 528

Posted by Zonk
from the acting-like-adults-at-nasa dept.
FloatsomNJetsom writes "Popular Mechanics has up an interesting story, discussing what the long-term implications of the Lisa Nowak incident could mean for Mars Mission crew decisions: With a 30-month roundtrip, that isn't the sort of thing you'd want to happen in space. Scientists have been warning about the problems of sex on long-term spaceflight, and experts are divided as to whether you want a crew of older married couples, or asexual unitard-wearing eunuchs. The point the article makes specifically is that NASA's current archetype of highly-driven, task-oriented people might be precisely the wrong type for a Mars expedition. In addition scientists may use genomics or even functional MRI in screening astronauts, in addition to facial-recognition computers to monitor mental health during the mission." Maybe observers could just deploy the brain scanner to keep track of them?
Privacy

+ - GPS Shoes Make People Findable (Big Brother)

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oxide7
oxide7 writes "It's the latest implementation of satellite-based navigation into everyday life — technology that can be found in everything from cell phones that help keep kids away from sexual predators to fitness watches that track heart rate and distance. Shoes aren't as easy to lose, unlike phones, watches and bracelets.

The sneakers work when the wearer presses a button on the shoe to activate the GPS. A wireless alert detailing the location is sent to a 24-hour monitoring service that costs an additional $19.95 a month."
Announcements

+ - Video Games = Good Self Esteem?

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njkid1
njkid1 writes "The whole video-games-for-good concept sounds so appealing — especially since most normal people don't want to work in an industry that gets blamed for causing all the ills in modern society. (Granted, most people who say that about video games use it as an easy political platform to gain voter confidence, et al). We've been clinging to Nintendo's Brain Age as official proof that gaming is good — now we can add Mind Habits Booster to our do-gooder list. http://www.gamedailyxl.com/2007/02/08/video-games- good-self-esteem?&ncid=AOLGAM000500000000009"
Music

EMI May Sell Entire Collection as DRM-less MP3s 188

Posted by Zonk
from the and-away-we-go dept.
BobbyJo writes "According to the Chicago Sun-Times, EMI has been pitching the possibility of selling its entire music collection to the public in MP3 form ... without Digital Rights Management protections. According to the article, several other major music companies have considered this same route, but none as far as EMI. The reasons, of course, have nothing to do with taking a moral stand; EMI wants to compete with Apple. 'The London-based EMI is believed to have held talks with a wide range of online retailers that compete with Apple's iTunes. Those competing retailers include RealNetworks Inc., eMusic.com, MusicNet Inc. and Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks. People familiar with the matter cautioned that EMI could still abandon the proposed strategy before implementing it. A decision about whether to keep pursuing the idea could come as soon as today.'"
XBox (Games)

First 1080p Xbox 360 Games Announced 145

Posted by Zonk
from the really-quite-shiny dept.
rwven writes "In the October firmware update to the Xbox 360, Microsoft added the capability for their new console to reach the coveted 1080 resolution. EA and Sega have both announced new titles that will reach that resolution, the first for the system. They're not the most visually intense games (NBA Street Homecourt, and Virtua Tennis 3), but this is another symptom of the tight race between all three consoles. Does this change the playing field at all between Sony and Microsoft?" Moreover, does the resolution of a title matter all that much to you yet? Do you have an HDTV that can even reach 1080p? If you do, does reaching 1080p make you more likely to buy a game?

"Who cares if it doesn't do anything? It was made with our new Triple-Iso-Bifurcated-Krypton-Gate-MOS process ..."

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